WORCESTER Valkyries’ first home game of the season ended in a 43-12 defeat to Richmond at a rainy Sixways in the Tyrrells Premier 15s League.

Roy Davies’ side struck in each half through Meg Varley and a penalty try but the visitors dotted down seven times.

Emelie Hellgren, Alice Soper, Laura Kapo, Rachel Laqeretabua, Alicia McComish, Libby Povey and Anna Caplice secured the win.

Rebecca Scholes added a conversion for Valkyries.

Worcester's next fixture is at Wasps on Saturday (2pm).

A Valkyries development team made an encouraging start to the season at Sixways with some strong individual performances against a more experienced Richmond side.

A brace of tries by Sarah Davey alongside a powerful finish from Amy Coggins were bright spots in a 30-19 defeat.